We are delighted to announce the joint winners of this year’s Youth Worker Awards are Flavia Docherty and Sharon Mccauley.
Flavia is the director of Leeds based project Getaway Girls. The project supports young women facing a variety of issues including young mums and pregnant young women, refugees, women at risk of sexual exploitation and young women in care to build confidence and develop new skills in a supportive environment.
Sharon, a youth worker for Medway Council, coordinates and manages a comprehensive range of programmes across the Medway East area for young people aged 8 – 24, including peer mentoring schemes in schools. Sharon supported the set up the Gillingham Youth Partnership, a body made up of young people’s organisations that develops joint initiatives, resources and provides peer support in the area.
On previous occasions we have selected just one overall winner. However, this year the standard was of such high quality, we have decided to award the top spot to two youth workers.
Our panel of judges also commended four youth workers for their innovative approach to supporting young people. These are Brendan Conboy CEO of the Door Youth Project, Sam Harris a youth worker for Leicestershire County Council, Neil Highway a youth worker for Coventry City Council and Vicky Thompson a leader of the 2nd East london Scouts in Tower Hamlets.
Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency said, “Congratulations to all our award winners. Great youth workers are paramount to the success of youth work, without which many young people will not be given the opportunity to grow, develop and become active members of society.
“The Youth Worker Awards gives us a chance to celebrate and recognise the work of outstanding youth workers. We hope that the awards extend the recognition of youth work, not just for one week, but for every single day.
“The events of Youth Work Week enable us to demonstrate to policy makers and funders the true value of youth work as an essential form of provision in improving the lives of young people and their communities.”
Flavia and Sharon will be joining us for a reception at the House of Commons on the 5 November to collect their awards.